On Friday, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson blasted the Ted Cruz led 'Defund Obamacare' effort as "intellectually dishonest."
"In order to have made the defund strategy work, we needed five Democratic Senators to join us," said Johnson in an interview with Charlie Sykes on AM 620 WTMJ.
Sen. Johnson would not confirm the details of a "private lunch" in which GOP Senators, including Johnson, allegedly blasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for leading Republicans down a path with no discernible strategy for victory, but he did say the "the defund effort ended up being intellectually dishonest."
McConnell, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and others joined in lashing Cruz, leader of the anti-Obamacare showdown that spiraled into the government shutdown. "It just started a lynch mob," one senator told the Times.
The clash shows some Republican senators have lost patience with Cruz, who has failed to reveal a strategy to win his goal of defunding Obamacare.
"It was very evident to everyone in the room that Cruz doesn't have a strategy -– he never had a strategy, and could never answer a question about what the end-game was," one senator told Politico. "I just wish the 35 House members that have bought the snake oil that was sold could witness what was witnessed today at lunch."
Sen. Johnson explained that the House's piecemeal approach to funding certain functions of government like paying the military, funding the National Parks, National Institute of Health, and more is "how the appropriations process should work."
These 'mini-continuing resolutions' is a way "the federal government could start to prioritize spending," said Johnson.
"Believe what your eyes and ears are telling you," urged Johnson, "and ask yourself if you want this dysfunctional government to grow?"